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Brought to you by CRKN, CARL-Portage, and Research Data Canada

Starting the first week of March, and running every two weeks until mid-May, this series will provide a comprehensive look at persistent identifiers (PIDs) in Canada. The series will include Canadian and international speakers who will highlight the benefits and use cases for PIDs and cover established identifiers such as digital object identifiers (DOIs), researcher identifiers (ORCID iDs), as well as emerging identifiers, tools, and services. This will also be an opportunity to engage in discussion on a national PIDs strategy for Canada.

Series presenters will include researchers, librarians, administrators of PID systems, and international leaders in the PID ecosystem. Sessions will be recorded, and will be offered with simultaneous interpretation in order to accommodate francophone and anglophone attendees.

The full schedule is as follows:


PIDs 101
Wednesday, March 3, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT) | Host organization: RDC
Register here: http://bit.ly/3dBQpwP

In this session, attendees will learn the fundamentals of persistent identifiers (PIDs).

Moderator: Mark Leggott, Research Data Canada
Eugene Barsky, University of British Columbia
Maude-Laplante Dubé, Laval University


PIDs: What do Researchers Need to Know?
Wednesday, March 17, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT) | Host organization: Portage
Register here: http://bit.ly/2NPeIwx

In this session, attendees will learn the fundamentals of persistent identifiers (PIDs) for sharing research and scholarship. Panelists will discuss their experiences with DOIs (digital object identifiers) and ORCID iDs, a persistent identifier for researchers—what they are used for, where they are typically used, when they are required, and why they are essential for trust and reproducibility in research.

Moderator: Jeff Moon, Portage
Susan Brown, University of Guelph/NDRIO Researcher Council
Laura Estill, St. Francis Xavier University/NDRIO Researcher Council
Dylan Roskams-Edris, McGill University
Mike Smit, Dalhousie University


PIDs in Practice: National and International Perspectives
Wednesday, March 31, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT) | Host organizations: CRKN and RDC
Register here: http://bit.ly/3aJxDS8

In this session, attendees will be introduced to the persistent identifier consortia that exist in Canada: the ORCID Canada Consortium and the DataCite Canada Consortium. This session will highlight the work being done to digitally connect People, Places, and Things associated with scholarship in Canada, and explore strategies that have been implemented in other countries as possible maps to guide Canadian PID policy moving forward.

John Aspler, CRKN
Josh Brown, MoreBrains Consulting Cooperative
Masashi Hara, Japan Link Center
Natasha Simons, Australian Research Data Commons
Kelly Stathis, Portage


Object Identifiers: Use Cases for Librarians and Data Professionals
Wednesday, April 14, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT) | Host organization: Portage
Register here: http://bit.ly/2ZFqBYo

In this session, attendees will learn about the various types of persistent identifiers for objects, and the range of use cases for these PIDs. Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are the best-known object identifiers, and are most often used for publications and datasets; however, they can also be used for a range of other objects created as part of the research process. Beyond the DOI, identifiers exist for research activity, repositories, physical samples, equipment, and more. This session will explore the evolving object identifier landscape and discuss strategies for incorporating object PIDs into a national implementation plan.

Mark Leggott, Research Data Canada
Mike Nason, University of New Brunswick


PIDs for People and Places
Wednesday, April 28, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT) | Host organizations: Portage and CRKN
Register here: http://bit.ly/2McO1RQ

In this session, attendees will be introduced to the persistent identifiers (PIDs) for people and places: ORCID iDs and the Research Organization Registry (ROR). ORCID, a researcher-centred non-profit with the aim of connecting scholars to their work across time, place, and discipline, has emerged as the primary open identifier for researchers globally. ROR is a community-led registry of identifiers for research organizations, with the aim of describing researcher affiliations—for example, an institution where a researcher is employed. This session will highlight use cases for ORCID iD and ROR, examine the relationships between these identifiers and other PIDs, and explore strategies for incorporating PIDs for people and places into a national implementation plan.

Liz Krznarich, DataCite


What’s Next for PIDs in Canada?
Wednesday, May 12, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET (9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PT) | Host organization: CRKN
Register here: http://bit.ly/3ulAZCS

In 2020, CRKN continued the work of the ORCID-CA and partnered with CARL-Portage to administer the new DataCite Canada Consortium. With these two national PID consortia in place, members and stakeholders are looking to develop and implement a national PID strategy. In this session, attendees will revisit PIDs and their value, and explore the strategic goals and importance of a Canadian PIDs implementation plan. Panelists will explore the work of the Canadian Persistent Identifier Committee (CPIDAC) and a pilot project from Coalition Publica.

Moderator: Talia Chung, University of Ottawa
Lisa Goddard, University of Victoria
James MacGregor, Public Knowledge Project / Coalition Publica

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